The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies created the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in October 2005 in order to better address the unique needs of postdoctoral trainees. The initial goals were the revitalization of the dormant Postdoctoral Association, the evaluation of postdoctoral policies and resources, counseling of postdoctoral scholars in matters of career development, and serve as representation for MUSC postdoctoral training on the national level.
There are currently 175 postdoctoral trainees at MUSC, approximately 60 percent of which are US or permanent residents and 40 percent internationals. Gender distribution is 44 percent male and 56 percent female. Of the US postdocs, 11 percent come from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups. The current postdoctoral population has been at MUSC an average of 2.2 years, with this being the first postdoctoral appointment for the majority. Approximately 25 percent of MUSC postdocs are supported by either individual fellowships or NIH T32 training grants.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) consists of the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs. The Associate Dean approves all postdoctoral appointments. All mentors must have Graduate Faculty status. Funding for the OPA comes from the College of Graduate Studies and supports workshops and activities of the MUSC Postdoctoral Association (PDA). The Associate Dean advises postdocs on issues of career development, approaches for resolving conflicts with their mentor, or any general professional or administrative issue.
Resources for Current Postdocs
Hal May, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology